When Men Had Time to Love - Baroness [Agnes] de Stoeckl; Wilfrid S. Edwards;John Murray, 1953, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed at the spine ends and corners, a little dulled. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Illustrated / decorative end papers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “ON the 30th January, 1853, at Notre-Dame, Eugénie de Montijo married Napoleon III. The words of the gypsy came true. “La Montijo” ascended the throne as Empress of the French. And so began the legend of the Second Empire: an epic dazzling in the history of Paris; an epoch glittering in the worlds of art, science, and fashion. Winterhalter; Offenbach; Pasteur; Dumas Pere and Dumas Fils. With the Empire at its zenith there came to the Parisian boulevards an unknown Englishman whose ambition was to revolutionize fashion. He succeeded. His name was Worth! Comparable only in fashionable success was the fantastic Doctor Evans, dentist to the Empress. Improbably romantic, the fame of this dentist blazed to its height when, revolution at the door, he organized the Empress’s flight to the coast and England.
In the shadow of German victory and the new Republic a new world crowded out the old. And so Paris danced madly to the fin de siècle. The new fashion was all speed — ‘faster, faster, said the Red Queen’ — and men no longer had time to love. The Baroness de Stoeckl once again gives a sparkling picture of a vanished world.”